ERIC Number: ED480093
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Reading Practices, Instruction, and Achievement in District 31 Schools.
This report documents the methodology and findings of a study of the characteristics of Illinois public school district 31's reading programs in kindergarten through grade 8. For the study's purposes, the term "reading program" includes integrated language arts and humanities instruction. The study was conducted in response to a request from District 31 to investigate why the reading test scores of students were lower than expected, and did not necessarily match teachers' perceptions of students' reading ability. Related to this issue is the extent to which there is alignment among reading assessments, the district's curriculum, and reading instruction. The North Central Regional Educational Lab (NCREL) proposed a study sufficiently wide in scope to develop and support recommendations regarding strengths and weaknesses in District 31's reading program. The report contains information on the background of the study, its design and methodology (development of data collection instruments, data collection, and synthesizing, analyzing, and reporting data), findings (synthesizes data gathered through site visits and analysis of the teacher questionnaire and interview as well as the artifacts collected), and conclusions and recommendations (interprets key findings, suggests areas where additional study is needed, and presents recommendations for District 31 schools). Appended are data collection instruments (focus group questions, individual teacher interviews, a teacher/staff questionnaire, and the observation protocol). (Contains 11 notes, 15 tables, 10 figures, and 100 references.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Middle Schools, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Reading Achievement, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Reading Research, Research Methodology
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, Editorial Offices: NCREL, 1120 E. Diehl Rd., #200, Naperville, IL 60563. Tel: 800-356-2735 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/liread/title.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.